Private Client Issues - February 2018

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Welcome to this month's edition of Private Client Issues, Blake Morgan's monthly round-up of the topics you may find of interest.

Where there is a Will, there is a way

The Independent recently reported that a survey conducted by Macmillan Cancer Support of 2000 people showed that "nearly two thirds of UK adults don't have a Will" and more worryingly, that included 42% of over 55s. Blake Morgan reminds us of the importance of making or reviewing your Will to ensure your estate passes pursuant to your wishes.

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How can unmarried cohabiting couples sensibly protect themselves to avoid legal problems later?

Cohabitation is a complex topic. While married couples have all kinds of legal rights and protections on relationship breakdown, unmarried couples do not. Blake Morgan looks at what you need to consider before taking the leap into cohabitation.

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Do I need (help with obtaining) probate? And what else should I consider?

Dealing with the administration of a friend or loved ones estate can be overwhelming and complicated. Whilst there is no single, catch-all process for dealing with matters post death, Blake Morgan sets out the steps that need to be followed in all cases.

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Will going digital simplify probate applications?

Estate administration often involves a lot of paperwork, but will the Probate Registry's online service save applicants time and money? Blake Morgan looks at how this service works, who can use it and what to expect in the future.

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Conscious uncoupling – can I divorce amicably through mediation?

In support of Family Mediation Week, which took place in January, Blake Morgan looks at the concept of 'conscious uncoupling' and how mediation has become a favoured approach to divorcing amicably.

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How do we co-parent after separation?

Even when separating couples are on good terms, when it comes to how they continue to co-parent their children, they can still encounter difficulties. Blake Morgan looks at how mediation can be utilised to assist separated parents to work together to successfully co-parent their children.

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